frequently asked questions

Residential rehabilitation programs are for people who have already detoxed off drugs and/or alcohol and are attempting to live life without using drugs or alcohol. Some residential rehabilitation programs have facilities which can cater for people wishing to detox upon entry into their programs. Another name for residential rehabilitation programs is therapeutic or residential communities. They are medium to long-term programs which are often in the countryside or in semi-isolated location and provide a regulated environment where individuals can build their new life skills and self-confidence before returning to the real world. Some programs also include a halfway house stages, which provide support and reintegration back into the community after treatment.

Rehabilitation programs are usually quite strict and do not tolerate any drug use. Some people drop out because they find the rules a bit hard to take. Some people don’t choose to enter these programs as they have been sent by the judicial system as an alternative to prison.

Most rehabilitation programs are medium to long-term, ranging from a month to a year or more. Because of this they often have long waiting lists. Many private rehabs and religious-based rehabs can accept clients almost immediately and have no waiting lists.

If you are a smoker find out if the rehab has a smoking area — many programs have become non-smoking and this can be a major barrier for some people. However, they may offer nicotine withdrawal treatments like patches, Champix, Zyban.

A detox is a process where the body removes toxic or unhealthy chemicals in a short period of time. It is generally done in a formal supervised medical or health specialist setting or can also be done at home. Some rehabs have detox facilities and others required a detox before entering a rehab. Most hospital-based rehabs have the facilities to provide detoxes at the beginning of a treatment program.

For the purposes of this website, an organization is considered a religion if the Federal Government of Australia has recognized it as such for tax purposes. Religious-based can mean a range of things. We interpret this to mean if any aspects of the rehabs program include or is inspired by a religious organization then it is a religious based rehab. This is not to denote or separate religious rehabs from other rehabs; it is merely to clarify what programs each rehab is offering. Some religious rehabs in Australia are the very best, largest and offer excellent treatment and services, and accept anybody from any religion or non-religious backgrounds.

12 Step refers to the original 12 principles of Alcoholic Anonymous created by Bill Wilson the co-founder of AA in 1934. Today there are over 400 different 12 steps self-help groups for various different addictions and disorders. The 12-step model categorizer’s addiction to being an incurable disease, which can only be treated ‘One day at a time’.

The Minnesota Model was created by the Hazelton Betty Ford Foundation in 1949, which incorporated, residential treatment and care for addicts combined with residents attending 12 step groups during their treatment. The Minnesota model is the most commonly used model for addiction treatment in the United States.

Today many rehabs use various different types of treatments, including Medical Models, Evidence-based, Harm Minimisation, Chinese Medicine, Naturopathy, Supplements, Pharmacological Reduction Programs, Implants, Recreational Programs, Art Therapy and many more.

There are also many day program rehabs, home-style rehabs and general rehab classes and seminars but this website is only mainly concerned with Residential Rehabs.

Other treatments could include seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist or GP, receiving counselling, group counselling, self-help groups, outpatient programs, outreach programs, interventions, family supported treatments and sober accommodation.

Dual diagnosis means someone has both a mental illness and a substance use problem. It becomes Dual Diagnosis when each condition are both equally important as each other and need to be treated at the same time.

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No. We might be able to put you in the right direction as to what might be the most suitable type of treatment, but that’s all. Everybody who wants to go to rehab should first visit a GP and get on a mental health plan and then take it from there.

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